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I Love This Plant – Oct 31, 2008

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Do you want a small maple tree that is extremely stylish in the spring and breathtakingly colorful in the fall? Meet Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – the thread-leaf full moon […]

First Frost

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I can think of few better examples of an ending being a beginning than a first frost.

As gardeners we don’t want our beautiful annuals or delicious vegetables […]

Planting Bulbs

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It is the end of October and we are planting bulbs at Poison Ivy Acres. Lots of bulbs. Today we put in 330 Narcissus bulbs – several varieties. Most […]

I Love This Plant – Zauschneria ‘Orange Carpet’

My “I Love This Plant” on GardenLine this week is Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ – common name Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet. I got this plant from High Country Gardens a few years ago and I’ve loved it ever since – in fact, I got some more to plant in my new dry garden. This perennial grows […]

Name This Fruit

A friend who has recently moved to Hawaii has a shrub in front of her house that has this fruit on it. She has asked me what it is, and since I don’t know I’m asking you. Can you Name This Fruit? #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center;
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I Love This Plant 10/18

Every week on my radio program, GardenLine, I start the show off with a segment called I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant. Needless to say, the plants that I love far outnumber the ones that I hate.

As I stood looking at the plant I will feature this week on GardenLine, it dawned […]

Sparks Fly

I went into the garden in a reflective mood this morning after reading A Sacred Journey at breakfast. An article by Rabbi Robert Freedman and another by Erika Hastings got me thinking about gardening as a form of prayer. Of course it’s possible: anything, art, dance, music, and yes, gardening, can be a way to […]

I Hate Landscape Fabric

I think that this is a product that shouldn’t be sold. It appeals to people because it seems to solve the weed problem permanently, and for a year or two it works well as long as you don’t mind looking at the acres of bare mulch – hardly an improvement over weeds – that […]

Sharing the Wealth

And you know I’m not talking about stocks.

I”m talking about remembering to share the garden as often as possible. The days go by and I get busy…there’s work, lot’s of work, and family in distant places. There’s my elderly neighbors who need help and have no family. Did I mention work? So weeks […]